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on, getting aid to victims of superstorm sandy. by a 61-33 vote the chamber passed a measure offering $60 billion in help. it heads to the house which must approve the bill by thursday or else the process to consider the money has to start all over again. at least 113 people were killed when superstorm sandy hit in late october. the governors of new york and new jersey, the hardest hit states, have estimated damages at more than $78 billion. >>> and turning to weather. even though winter is just over a week old, millions of americans probably can't wait for spring to arrive. me, as well, yes. scenes like this in maine are playing out all across the country as snow is now on the ground in almost 65% of the lower 48 states. at least everybody's enjoying it together. look at this video from arkansas where -- in little rock, they posted a record-breaking nine inches on christmas day. and for some of you, yay, not over yet. let's bring in meteorologist bonnie schneider for a look at what is on top for today. is there an end in sight for -- >> no. no. we've got more snow, more wind and rain
, shocked and fearful following the sandy hook elementary school shootings than they did after a mass shooting in tucson, arizona, leaving some dead and others, including congresswoman gabby giffords, severely injured. some say that government and society can take action to prevent violence. that's up 15%. >> a discussion has re-emerged as to what we might do to not only deter mass shootings in the future but reduce epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country every single day. >> that was the president on wednesday as he announced a new effort to prevent such shootings. minds are changing, 43% say the elementary school shootings make them more likely to support gun control laws, 15-point increase from january 2011. and 52% say they now favor major restrictions on guns or making guns illegal, a five-point rise since early august, following the colorado movie theater incident where 12 people were killed. the poll also indicates a big bipartisan divide and gender gap with most democrats and women in favor of gun restrictions and most republicans and men opposed. randi? >> paul ste
, but not this time. >> we've seen an outpouring from the community since sandy hook in all manners from, you know, teddy bears to cash. i think this is part of it. i think people want to feel safe. >> for porter, a gun locked safely in his home ended up in the hands of his foster child, who he says then handed it over to a gang member. >> if that person would have done something to somebody else with that gun, it would have fallen back on me. i'm 52 years old. i haven't had a criminal record all my life. >> police say that's how even legal guns can pose a danger. >> i don't know that we're ever going to be able to disarm every bad guy here. what we're doing is taking away the possibility. we're taking away the chance for a bad guy to get another gun. >> porter says he got lucky. >> it did go into the wrong hands, but i got it back. it's getting destroyed now. >> reporter: now he has a little more cash in his possibility. >> thank you. >> that was david ariosa with that report irnlgts the terrifying moment of impact caught on tape. a passenger airline hurdles to the ground in russia and sends debr
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